Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

19-4021 Biological Technicians

Assist biological and medical scientists in laboratories. Set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment, monitor experiments, make observations, and calculate and record results. May analyze organic substances, such as blood, food, and drugs.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation


National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
74,560 2.5 % $19.78 $41,140 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.80 $14.74 $18.61 $23.72 $29.51
Annual Wage (2) $24,540 $30,650 $38,700 $49,340 $61,380


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Scientific Research and Development Services 22,330 $21.50 $44,730
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 20,020 $19.58 $40,720
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 11,800 $17.32 $36,030
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 5,590 $20.65 $42,950
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,250 $17.91 $37,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Offices of Physicians 490 $28.00 $58,240
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 70 $22.90 $47,640
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 160 $22.55 $46,910
Management of Companies and Enterprises 60 $22.10 $45,960
Scientific Research and Development Services 22,330 $21.50 $44,730


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Massachusetts 5,520 $25.20 $52,420 1.742
Montana 660 $15.84 $32,950 1.516
Oregon 2,450 $17.59 $36,580 1.508
Idaho 820 $14.96 $31,110 1.338
Washington 3,540 $19.51 $40,580 1.270

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Massachusetts 5,520 $25.20 $52,420 1.742
Connecticut 1,230 $23.79 $49,490 0.747
Minnesota 1,130 $22.71 $47,250 0.431
Maryland 2,820 $22.69 $47,190 1.125
California 10,310 $21.98 $45,710 0.709


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Ames, IA 300 $18.97 $39,460 7.165
Idaho Falls, ID 210 $12.52 $26,040 4.310
Fairbanks, AK 100 (8) (8) 2.757
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 4,400 $25.41 $52,850 2.611
Wilmington, NC 350 $19.82 $41,220 2.524

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 220 $28.35 $58,980 0.531
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division (8) $27.10 $56,370 (8)
Peabody, MA NECTA Division (8) $26.52 $55,160 (8)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 970 $26.24 $54,580 1.089
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 390 $25.45 $52,940 2.491


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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